Magical Birds Lay Fish Eggs

Once upon the time there lived a magical bird called Phoenix, AKA the Firebird. If you believe the legends, it is still alive and hanging around somewhere because it self-immolates every 500 years and then rises from the ashes. A Phoenix named Fawkes, nurtured after every immolation by Professor Dumbledore (we do get the joke, Mrs Rowling!), plays an important role in Harry Potter’s adventures and saves his life more than once.

Firebird is featured prominently in Russian folk art, originating from Slavic folk tales.

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Grabbing the magic bird by the tail and pulling out a feather transforms Prince Ivan into a powerful hero who defeats the evil king and  – wouldn’t you know? – gets the girl. The story inspired a famed Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, who wrote a ballet, often performed as a concert suite.

As I created this dazzling appetizer which came completely out of my funky brain, I remembered reading William Price King’s article in Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, dedicated to yet another exceptional “bird” – Charlie “Bird” Parker. I’ve always loved the great saxophone player, yet I have not realized that his Yardbird Suite is a pun on Stravinsky’s Firebird. But I’ll let William tell you all about it: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-jazz-charlie-bird-parker-saxaphone/

Meanwhile, while enjoying this sparkling, fiery music, I decided that magical birds should lay fish eggs in nests. fish egg nests 1 (2)

To make that happen, I first put my husband to work. Here he is, dicing lox. Don’t worry, I am not staying idly by!

fish egg nests 2.jpgI am combining magical non-dairy ingredients, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream. You can make it as creamy as you want by adjusting the proportion of sour cream, but make sure to preserve the fluffy, airy texture.

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To build the nests for magical eggs, seen here in their original Russian jar, I used Alfalfa sprouts.

 

Here, diced lox is introduced to the creamy Tofutti mix and enhanced by fresh chives, shared by friends who belong to an urban garden cooperative.

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It may look as if the Alfalfa is simply spread on the platter, but in reality, there are six separate nest foundations, which will make it easier to serve. An ice cream scoop forms neat uniform balls, which are the actual nests, so they need indentations on top.

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And the Firebird flies over them and deposits magical caviar eggs into every nest. How many? I don’t know about your Firebird; mine laid about half-a-teaspoon each. Perhaps yours is more generous; in that case, you’ll need a deeper nest. Serve chilled and dazzle your guests the way I dazzled mine!

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz lox, diced (I use lox ends)
  • 8 oz non-dairy cream cheese (dairy alternative is possible)
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons non-dairy sour cream (dairy alternative is possible)
  • 1 tablespoon diced fresh chives
  • 3 – 4 teaspoons red (salmon) caviar
  • 2 oz Alfalfa sprouts

PROCEDURE

  • Blend cream cheese with sour cream until fluffy and airy, add diced lox and chives, mix well.
  • Line serving plate with individual portions of Alfalfa sprouts. Using ice cream scoop or tablespoon, form balls of creamy mixture, place on top of alfalfa.
  • Using ice cream scoop or tablespoon, make indentations on top of each ball. Place 1/2 teaspoon or more in each indentation.
  • Garnish with curled scallion greens and/ or basil leaves. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

59 Comments Add yours

  1. spearfruit says:

    Cool looking dish and interesting story Dolly.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gary!

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  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A wonderful dish for guests to impress… Magical Birds Lay Fish Eggs from the kitchen of Dolly Aizenman… with the legend of the Firebird… Phoenix… sounds delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear Sally!

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  3. CarolCooks2 says:

    What a stunning party piece…Love it! Dolly 🙂 xx

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol; coming from you, it’s a great compliment!

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  4. Beautiful creation. I hadn’t known about Yardbird suite either

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick. We have a nice little restaurant called “Yardbird” that I pass on my way to work, and I make sure to roll the car window down, because they play it most of the time.

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      1. I would do the same

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  5. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    hello, looks very tasty🤗

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ilona; I am so glad you like it!

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  6. That looks great Dolly, I bet it is a real crowd pleaser.

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    1. You bet – guests were snapping pictures of it, and then gobbled it up! Thank you so much for stopping by, dear friend!

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  7. purpleslob says:

    Beautiful presentation, Dolly!! And of course magical fire birds lay fish eggs! what else?? ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Melinda; it all comes out of my funky feline brain! Now, if I could find purple fish that lays purple eggs…

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      1. purpleslob says:

        I will come down there for that meal, ending with a purple cake of course!!

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      2. I’ll hold you to your word, now!

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  8. sydspix says:

    Loved the history of the Phoenix – the recipe looks interesting too!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Syd; I am so glad you like it!

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  9. I’m a caviar addict, so this is definitely for me. Love the clever presentation! 🙂

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  10. I love these little nests, I’m thinking they would be great for my Easter lunch too (which I am planning in my head already)😀. Thanks Dolly

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, dear Myra; I am so glad you consider my little fantasy worthy of your table!

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      1. You’re welcome. It looks so adorable and delicious 😀

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      2. You are so sweet, dear Myra! Incidentally, the second time I made them, I made them smaller, about half the original size, and I thought that was better.

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  11. It’s a fun story, and this would be a nice dish to serve and tell it.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, dear Mimi!

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  12. Joëlle says:

    Love the presentation, Dolly!
    And also, thank you for the ballet excerpt. Ekaterinburg Kondaurova brought magic to my breakfast time!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Joelle! Yes, she really flies, doesn’t she!

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  13. Great story, and another wonderful recipe, Dolly! Thank you so much, and enjoy your warmer weather. 😉 Here its something like autumn. Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael; it’s always great to hear from you! As to weather, we were finally planning to go boating on Sunday, and got rained on. Oh well, maybe this Sunday! Have a wonderful weekend!

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      1. A great pleasure to me, Dolly! I am honoured to get the wonderful information from you. We should get rain too, over weekend. ;-( Wish you a nice sailing tour, and a beautiful weekend, too. Michael

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      2. Thank you, Michael!

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  14. ren says:

    I always injoy your presentations! {Psssst! Hey Dolly…..Wanna know a secret? Don’t tell no one, ok? (whispering now) What they call legend, myth, folklore, etc., is actually our true history.} And a wonderful recipe….per your norm. May you have a relaxing weekend…or at least an injoyable one.

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    1. You are adorable, dear Ren! Thank you so much for a lovely comment. Have a great weekend as well, darling!

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      1. ren says:

        (ear to ear grin)

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  15. lghiggins says:

    Amazingly inventive culinary creation, Dolly, and I love the literature, history, ballet, and music that inspired you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear Linda; I am so glad you like it!

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  16. joliesattic says:

    I can almost taste them! They look amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Jolie; I am so glad you like it!

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  17. A creative post and delectable dish! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna; I am so glad you like it!

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  18. Charlee: “We like birds and we like fish.”
    Chaplin: “So we have got to get ourselves a magical bird like this!”

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    1. Good luck, guys, and thank you for stopping by!
      Meows and purrs from The Cat Gang

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  19. This is a super cool idea, love it and LOVE TOFUTTI!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Angie; I am so glad you like it!

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  20. Laureen says:

    Can I convince you to move into my kitchen? This looks fabulous! I love the Firebird by Igor Stravinsky it’s just perfect.

    All the best
    Laureen

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    1. Dear Laureen, I don’t cook anywhere but in my own kitchen, but you are welcome to visit any time! Thank you for your kind comment, darling!

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  21. Admittedly, I am not that good a cook but I’d want to make this real soon. Looks real yummy!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Thomas; I am so glad you like it!

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      1. You are most welcome!

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  22. sangaaa says:

    Very imaginative n creative.

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    1. Thank you so much, darling!

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